All week long, the suspense has been killing us: Who was going to win the most Canadian trophy of them all?
In the end — actually, all the way from the beginning — it was Marilyn Little and RF Overdressed, who have been leading their CCI2* division all week. You can read our recaps of their dressage and cross-country performances here and here.
Marilyn and Overdressed had one rail in hand when they went into show jumping and they used it. Marilyn told us later that she felt the horse was just a bit tired: “That was the longest course he’s every done in his career.” She thought it was a great education for him, explaining, “Best I can tell, they have to learn how to be tired and still perform.”
Overall, though, she was thrilled his performance and says she can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.
On Marilyn’s heels was Sharon White, who packed a double-punch with Cooley On Show and Clifford M. Both jumped fault-free show jumping rounds to finish in second and third respectively, and we look forward to watching these lovely horses develop under Sharon’s expert guidance. She stopped by yesterday to tell us about them — you can check out the interview here.
While Marilyn and Sharon sat tight in their seats at the top of the scoreboard, the rest of the field got shuffled around a bit by felled rails. Marc Donovan’s show jumping course has a beautiful flow, with forward galloping lines and plenty of encouragement to keep your horse in front of your leg. But if you got lulled into getting a bit flat and strung out, it was nearly guaranteed to catch up with you by the finish.
CCI2* Final Top 15
Meanwhile, in the CIC2*, it was fitting to hear the Canadian anthem come over the loudspeakers courtesy of Waylon Roberts and Bill Owen. The overnight leaders had a beautiful trip around the course and Waylon had a big smile on his face during the awards — he was clearly happy to win one for the home team.
CIC2* Final Top 15
Back shortly with a CCI3* report. Alléz Concours Complet!